The Bracelets of Submission are the metal bracelets that Wonder Woman wears that symbolize the Amazon womens’ past submission. The bracelets are indestructible and allow her to deflect dangers such as energy blasts, weapon fire and other risks. They are part of what makes her powerful but it is her intellect that fuels her and protects her and helps her problem solve. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s power is similar but her power is in her pen driven by her intellect. They have both had a very good week. Wonder Woman’s fame continues to flourish through the newest film that demonstrates that her character, and all she represents, endures. Justice Ginsburg celebrated a long overdue victory for gender equality in which Ginsburg cites her own work in striking down a citizenship law that treats mothers and fathers differently. Both superheros.
I smiled quite a bit today reading about RBG (as she is called) and her newest triumph. My FHB (as he is called) is currently reading and relishing her biography. He becomes so elated as he reads (and then recounts to me) her journey from childhood to the Supreme Court. Thinking back to the biographies that I was drawn to as a child/adolescent/young adult I recognize that I was always reading about women who forged the way and seemed fearless and driven to do what is right. They were historical figures like Clara Barton, Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Elizabeth I, and Florence Nightingale. I read stories about Amelia Earhart and Christa McCauliffe and women who led countries like Golda Meir and Indira Ghandi. They were a lot of firsts who took risks. Their courage and intellect were their bracelets. My most favorite book was “Little Women” and Louisa May Alcott and her character “Jo” made me know and comprehend that it was all right to step outside the comfort zone of gender and stereotype if your vision for recognition was rooted in the belief that it could be the best for all.
I highlight the vision of women who have made gains for all people. It was a good week to be aware of the relevance of change and the level of consciousness raising we are all often “forced” to acknowledge through tragedy ( e.g. “Pulse” nightclub) and victory in the courts. Telling stories through pop culture and comic superheros, as well as reading the stories of courage in all people who face challenges and yet pressed on, makes me feel like both an observer and participant in change. Wonder Woman’s mission was to represent love, peace and truth. Justice Gisburg would probably support all those values along with equality for all. As Bob Dylan sings ….
Come senators, Congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.
There’s a lot of “right” but there’s still a lot of “wrong”. Interesting times. Good to know we have some strong and powerful people, who just happen to be women, leading the way.